Sunday, February 17, 2019

Antec Torque Case Review

My review of the Antec Torque computer chassis is posted at Tom's Hardware. Make sure you take a moment to check it out! 
If "normal" isn't your thing, the Antec Torque might be just what you are looking for. With its open-air design, aluminum alloy construction and superbike styling, it's is safe to say this chassis will stand out, wherever you put it. 

SIGIL Delayed Until April

Boooo! I understand the delay, but it still sucks.

I just wanted to update you on SIGIL. There were a few snags in production trying to make sure everything is top-notch for fans! I just wanted to let everyone who purchased either the Big Box or the Beast Box know that it is now looking like it will ship sometime in April. Thank you for your patience, and I am sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused. This also means the free version of SIGIL will have to wait until after the boxes are in the hands of customers.

GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Leaked Benchmarks And Photos

I have no idea about the validity of these claims but I do know all these photoshopped GTX 1660 pictures running around the internet don't make "leaked" benchmarks more believable. In fact, it makes me even more skeptical. Here is my 2 minute mock-up of a GTX 1660 using a shot of a 1060 we have here in the lab. Just slide the 6 over the 0 and there you have it....TA-DA!

Razer Game Store Closing

It appears that those of you that said the Razer Game Store was doomed to fail were right. The store will close on the last day of February.

We regret to announce that Razer Game Store (gamestore.razer.com) will cease operations on February 28, 2019 at 0100hrs Pacific Time as part of the company’s realignment plans.

What The Hell Happened At Activision Blizzard?

Do you REALLY need to ask?!?! This, in my opinion, is bulsh*t on the highest level. 😒

On Tuesday afternoon, Activision Blizzard told approximately 800 employees they were being laid off. Activision made $7.5 billion in sales and $1.8 billion in profit last year. But in the eyes of management, the success wasn’t enough to keep the entire company employed.

Talking About Apex Legends Bans

Apex Legends bans? How can there be bans already? Ahhh, I see.

As of today over 16,000 cheaters have been identified and banned from the game. Cheaters suck. If you run into one, please try and capture the evidence and let us know. Even if you don’t get proof, get their ID and flag it and we can investigate the account. We have heard your feedback about a report feature in the game. I’ll just say that’s a very good idea :)

PlanetSide Arena Delayed Again

Well this is a bummer.

After much consideration, we’ve decided to postpone the current PC-only release date and launch simultaneously across PC and PlayStation 4 this summer. We’ve always envisioned PlanetSide Arena as a way for players to experience the epic gameplay of the PlanetSide universe, through fast-paced, combined arms combat and massive-scale multiplayer modes. We believe that delivering the most polished version of PlanetSide Arena that meets these expectations, on both platforms, outweighs any other consideration.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Epic Stickers Pasted Over Steam Logo

Alright, you have to admit this is kinda funny. Thanks to @RobotBrush for the laugh.

Twitter Still Doesn't Delete Your Direct Messages

Why do people still put up with this?

When does “delete” really mean delete? Not always, or even at all, if you’re Twitter . Twitter retains direct messages for years, including messages you and others have deleted, but also data sent to and from accounts that have been deactivated and suspended, according to security researcher Karan Saini.

Superman Cameo Confirmed For Shazam?

Who cares about cameos in other DC films, I want to Henry Cavil back in a Superman movie. Oh yeah, Shazam looks pretty funny too.

The AMAZING $30 Computer Case!

Linus Tech Tips puts a $30 open test bench to the test. You might be surprised at what you get for the money.

Thermaltake New Commander C Series

Thermaltake, the leading PC DIY premium brand for Cooling, Gaming Gear and Enthusiast Memory solutions, launches the new Commander C Series Tempered Glass ARGB Mid-Tower Chassis. Designed to expand the gaming spirit, the Commander C Series Tempered Glass ARGB Mid-Tower Chassis takes the front panel design to the next level. The Commander C Series inherits the Thermaltake classic chassis design and combines new design elements. The Commander C Series features six different models: C31, C32, C33, C34, C35 and C36, which target a wide range of PC gamers and enthusiasts. Each piece undergoes a rigorous process of survey, observation, experimentation, remodeling, and manufacture, to guarantee ultimate customer satisfaction. The Commander C Series features an enlarged tempered glass side panel, preinstalled two 200mm 5V ARGB front fans and one 120mm standard rear fan for optimal system ventilation. The 200mm 5V ARGB front fans deliver 16.8 million-color RGB illumination and sync with RGB capable motherboards from Asus, Gigabyte, MSI and ASRock. The Commander C Series comes equipped with GPU mounting, advanced cable management and flexibility for high-end components. The Commander C Series supports the latest PC hardware, and is not only fascinating in appearance but also powerful in performance. With six different models, the new Thermaltake Commander C Series Tempered Glass ARGB Mid-Tower Chassis provides users limitless DIY options.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Companies Using Your Data To Make Money? You Should Get Paid

I can't believe I'm going to say this but California is onto something here.

I applaud this legislature for passing the first-in-the-nation digital privacy law last year. But California’s consumers should also be able to share in the wealth that is created from their data. And so I’ve asked my team to develop a proposal for a new data dividend for Californians, because we recognize that your data has value and it belongs to you.

Building A CPU Water Block From Scratch

Hah! Kids these days! Remember back in the day when the ONLY way to get a water block was to make it yourself?

90 ft. Vertical Spike Wave in Slow Mo

Planet Slow Mo, season 1 episode 4 part one is now online for your slow motion viewing pleasure. You can see part 2 here.

Free Games Weekend!

Thanks to Blue's News, I now know that Rainbow Six Siege, Arma 3, and NBA 2K19 will all be free to play this weekend. Here's the quote from the Arma 3 announcement: 

Experience true combat gameplay in a massive military sandbox. Deploying a wide variety of single- and multiplayer content, over 20 vehicles and 40 weapons, and limitless opportunities for content creation, this is the PC’s premier military game. Authentic, diverse, open - Arma 3 sends you to war. 

Metro Exodus Benchmarked

According to the crew at TweakTown, Metro Exodus is the new 'Can It Run Crysis'
game. That's a compliment...I think,

Metro Exodus is one of the best looking games of 2019 so far, and it truly punishes all of our graphics cards including the RTX 2080 Ti.

Western Digital Board Declares Dividend for Third Fiscal Quarter 2019

Western Digital today announced that the board of directors declared a cash dividend for the quarter ending March 29, 2019, of $0.50 per share of common stock (the "cash dividend"). The cash dividend will be paid on April 15, 2019, to the company's stockholders of record as of March 29, 2019.

The amount of future dividends under the company's dividend policy, and the declaration and payment thereof, will be based upon all relevant factors, including the company's financial position, results of operations, cash flows, capital requirements and restrictions under the company's financing documents, and shall be in compliance with applicable law. The board retains the power to modify, suspend or cancel the company's dividend policy in any manner and at any time as it may deem necessary or appropriate in the future.

NVIDIA Announces Financial Results for Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2019

NVIDIA today reported revenue for the fourth quarter ended Jan. 27, 2019, of $2.21 billion, down 24 percent from $2.91 billion a year earlier, and down 31 percent from $3.18 billion in the previous quarter. GAAP earnings per diluted share for the quarter were $0.92, down 48 percent from $1.78 a year ago and down 53 percent from $1.97 in the previous quarter. Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share were $0.80, down 53 percent from $1.72 a year earlier and down 57 percent from $1.84 in the previous quarter. For fiscal 2019, revenue was $11.72 billion, up 21 percent from $9.71 billion a year earlier. GAAP earnings per diluted share were $6.63, up 38 percent from $4.82 a year earlier. Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share were $6.64, up 35 percent from $4.92 a year earlier.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 19.2.2 Drivers

Another month, another set of AMD drivers. This update to AMD's driver software suite brings new game support, stability updates and a host of other fixes. The highlights of this latest driver release include:

Support For
  • AMD Radeon VII
  • Far Cry® New Dawn
  • Metro Exodus™
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization® VI: Gathering Storm
  • Crackdown 3™
  • Up to 5% performance gains with AMD Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.2.2 on a Radeon™ RX 590 RS-287
Fixed Issues
  • Using the Alt+Tab shortcut out of a fullscreen application or game may be slow or take longer than expected when using a display connected by DisplayPort.
  • Apply and Discard buttons may not appear in some areas of Radeon Overlay under the Radeon WattMan overclocking tab.
  • Radeon WattMan may fail to apply memory clock changes on AMD Radeon VII.
  • AMD Radeon VII may intermittently experience a system hang when attempting to perform a timeout detection and recovery on Windows®7 system configurations.
  • Radeon WattMan may display the incorrect max fan/temperature values for AMD Radeon VII.
  • Radeon WattMan may experience issues with changed values failing to save or load when multiple changes are applied at once.
  • AMD Radeon VII may experience intermittent system stability issues on some X399 motherboards.
  • Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds may intermittently experience an application crash when changing post-processing settings.
  • Radeon Settings may experience an application hang when loading the performance histogram in a game profile through game manager.
  • Update Notifications may sometimes incorrectly list the currently installed driver as an available upgrade.
  • Apex Legends™ may intermittently experience line corruption on AMD Radeon VII.

RTX 2070 / 2080 Sales Disappoint

Whoa...45% year-over-year loss in gaming GPU revenue? Yikes.

Nvidia presented its fourth quarter and fiscal 2019 earnings today, which reflected a surprising 45% year-over-year loss in gaming GPU revenue. Overall the company performed better than expected after it lowered its earnings projections last month, with the $2.21 billion fourth quarter beating expectations and leading to a jump in its share price in after-hours trading (despite the 24% loss in quarterly revenue year-over-year).  

Facebook Negotiating Multibillion-Dollar Fine For Privacy Lapses

And not a penny will go to the people affected by those "lapses."

The Federal Trade Commission and Facebook are negotiating over a multi-billion dollar fine that would settle the agency’s investigation into the social media giant’s privacy practices, according to two people familiar with the probe. The fine would be the largest the agency has ever imposed on a technology company, but the two sides have not yet agreed on an exact amount. Facebook has expressed initial concern with the FTC’s demands, one of the people said. If talks break down, the FTC could take the matter to court in what would likely be a bruising legal fight.

G.Skill TridentZ Royal 4000MHz 32GB Memory Kit Review

As terrible as it may sound, I want to get a G.Skill TridentZ Royal memory kit just for the bling factor. There...I said it.


The TridentZ Royal is the best-looking RAM we have ever seen come out of the box, it also doesn't disappoint performance wise, but they aren't cheap!

DimasTech Easy V3.0 Testbench Review

Vortez has published a review of the DimasTech Easy V3.0 Testbench today for those of you interested.
The Easy V3.0 offers support for a wide range of components, including watercooling set ups with space for a pair of 360mm or 280mm radiators, multiple pump layouts and tube sizes. We also see space for multiple 3.5” HDDs and 5.25” disk drives, full size PSUs and FullATX motherboards all the way through to MiniITX.

Amazon Cancels Planned HQ2 Campus in New York

Bah! Who needs 25,000 new jobs in their town anyway?

Amazon on Thursday canceled its plans to build an expansive corporate campus in New York City after facing an unexpectedly fierce backlash from some lawmakers and union leaders, who contended that a tech giant did not deserve nearly $3 billion in government incentives.

Far Cry New Dawn Review Round-Up

Reviews of Far Cry New Dawn are coming in from around the internet and, as always, we've done our best to round up as many reviews as we can and post links to them here for your convenience.

PC Gamer
Kotaku
VG24/7
Rock Paper Shotgun
GameSpot

Unreal Engine 4.22 Preview 1 Now Available

Unreal Engine 4.22 Preview 1 is now out and it comes with a number of new features including support for real-time raytracing.

Unreal Engine 4.22 will be releasing soon with a number of fixes and updates. In the meantime, the first Preview is now available for download from the Epic Games launcher. Preview 1 includes support for real-time ray tracing, Editor Utility Widgets, Movable Spotlight support on mobile, virtual production updates, Oculus Quest support, and Blueprint indexing optimizations.

Obsidian Isn't Happy With Fans Bashing Bethesda And Fallout 76

Not to be a dick but what did they expect?

While visiting the studio, we spoke with Obsidian's CEO Feargus Urquhart about fans using the existence of The Outer Worlds as ammo to attack Bethesda and the release of Fallout 76.

Free Game for The Division 2 Preorders

If you are going to buy a game anyway (you know you are), why not get a free game while you are at it?

Today, Ubisoft® announced that players who pre-order a PC digital version of Tom Clancy’s The Division® 2 before March 14, 2019* will receive a free copy of the PC digital standard edition of their choice from the following acclaimed titles among Ubisoft’s portfolio: Watch Dogs® 2, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon® Wildlands or Far Cry® Primal. Players can pre-order the PC version of Tom Clancy’s The Division 2.

Brother of Jeff Bezos's Girlfriend Helped Leak Sexts?

Any time you say "people with knowledge of the matter" and the "National Enquirer" in the same sentence your story goes straight in the dumpster (along with your credibility).  Also...CNN...need I say more?

The brother of the woman with whom Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was in a relationship was the person who tipped off the National Enquirer to their relationship, two people with knowledge of the matter confirmed to CNN on Wednesday.

GIGABYTE to Showcase 5G Mobile Edge Computing Server at MWC 2019

GIGABYTE is looking forward to participating in this month’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the largest annual mobile-technology related event in the world with a focus on “Intelligent Connectivity” including 5G Technology, AI (Artificial Intelligence) and Immersive Content Technology (such as VR and AR). Since GIGABYTE’s products will be a key enabler of these technologies, GIGABYTE has been selected by the Industrial Development Bureau (IDB) of Taiwan to be one of the joint-exhibitors to be featured at the Taiwan Pavilion (located at Hall 5, Stand 5A61) during MWC 2019. 

Real-Time Ray Tracing and DLSS Come to Battlefield V and Metro Exodus

Two of the most storied PC gaming franchises are shipping this week with NVIDIA RTX technology, which uses AI and real-time ray tracing to deliver deeply immersive gameplay and powerful performance. Battlefield V and Metro Exodus incorporate support for real-time ray tracing and NVIDIA DLSS (deep-learning super-sampling) — enabling cinematic-quality rendering.



The importance of real-time ray tracing in games can’t be overstated. It’s changing the way they’re developed and how gamers experience them. NVIDIA RTX is the engine driving this forward, and the entire industry is getting onboard, including developers of today’s hottest games.

ntel To Power Rakuten’s Cloud-Native Mobile Network

Intel today announced it will provide technology to internet services leader Rakuten* for a new cloud-native network. It will be fully virtualized from radio access network (RAN) to core and will adopt an innovative 5G systems architecture from its launch. The network is significant as it will offer end-to-end automation for both network and services. It is being built to serve millions of subscribers in Japan.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

NVIDIA GeForce Game Ready Driver 418.91 WHQL

NVIDIA has released the GeForce Game Ready Driver 418.91 WHQL drivers today for those of you running GeForce based GPUs.  If you have plans to play the latest games, you might want to update your drivers. You can see the release notes here.

Former U.S. Counterintelligence Agent Charged With Espionage

Scumbags like this should rot in jail.

“Monica Witt is charged with revealing to the Iranian regime a highly classified intelligence program and the identity of a U.S. Intelligence Officer, all in violation of the law, her solemn oath to protect and defend our country, and the bounds of human decency,” said Assistant Attorney General Demers.  “Four Iranian cyber hackers are also charged with various computer crimes targeting members of the U.S. intelligence community who were Ms. Witt’s former colleagues. This case underscores the dangers to our intelligence professionals and the lengths our adversaries will go to identify them, expose them, target them, and, in a few rare cases, ultimately turn them against the nation they swore to protect.  When our intelligence professionals are targeted or betrayed, the National Security Division will relentlessly pursue justice against the wrong-doers.” 

Everything That Happened In Today's Nintendo Direct

Those of you wanting to know what happened in today's Nintendo Direct should definitely check out Kotaku's coverage.

The long-awaited first Nintendo Direct of 2019 hit today, and as expected, it was packed full of news sure to please Switch owners looking for more Fire Emblem, Mario, and even Zelda. Here’s everything we learned.

'Red Dead Online' Will Turn The Tables On Griefers

Wait...isn't this the same company that "turned the tables" on griefers in GTA Online?!? 

Red Dead Online fans have been fairly vocal about their issues with the game since its launch in November. The in-game economy, lack of missions and griefing are just some of the more commonly cited problems, but Rockstar Games is taking steps to address this. On February 26th Red Dead Online will be getting a big update which, Rockstar hopes, will improve things.

Intel® 112G PAM-4 Transceiver I/O Demo

The folks at Intel have posted a new video showcasing an I/O test demo of its advanced 10nm FinFet process powering the Intel 112G PAM-4 transceiver.

Wild Terra Online Goes Free-to-Play

According to this post at Blue's News, Wild Terra Online has gone free-to-play. 

Wild Terra Online is a role-playing sandbox game, in a completely player-controlled medieval world. You will not need to complete a chain of tasks and kill a thousand wolves to create equipment. Everything is much more interesting! 

It’s Time For Overwatch To Go Free-To-Play

What do you guys think? Is it really time for Overwatch to go free-to-play?

One move to make in this scenario is to change Overwatch’s business model. Instead of charging a flat, one-time fee to play the game, Blizzard could follow in the battle royale and MOBA genres’ footsteps and go full free-to-play. The studio has been steadily moving toward this moment for some time, having cut Overwatch’s price tag considerably over the last two and a half years, down to $40 and most recently down to $20 as of last month. By going free-to-play, Blizzard could bring in more players that could, potentially, become new OWL viewers.

RTX Global Illumination On vs. Off: Metro Exodus

Gamers Nexus has posted a technical analysis of  Metro: Exodus' RTX Ultra vs. High vs. Off graphics settings.

Police Mistake Cryptocurrency Mining Rig For Marijuana Grow Room

I feel bad for this guy. I wonder if his homeowners insurance will cover this?

Gaming Disorder Diagnosis Puts Industry At Risk

Let's be frank, shall we? The World Health Organization says whatever fits their agenda, who cares if it is true or not.

"We're in an incredible place as an industry, not just in terms of the enormous economic growth, which is all true, but also on the political, innovation, and creative sides we are continuing to grow in ways that impress policy makers because we are a positive job growth story, an innovation story, international trade story," he said. "We check every box that every party wants, because we're doing things in a really sustained and positive way.

Activision Blizzard Announces Fourth-Quarter and 2018 Financial Results

For the year ended December 31, 2018, Activision Blizzard’s net revenues presented in accordance with GAAP were a record $7.50 billion, as compared with $7.02 billion for 2017. GAAP net revenues from digital channels were a record $5.79 billion. GAAP operating margin was 27%. GAAP earnings per diluted share were a record $2.35, as compared with $0.36 for 2017. On a non-GAAP basis, Activision Blizzard’s operating margin was 34% and earnings per diluted share were a record $2.72, as compared with $2.21 for 2017.

Starbreeze Sells System Shock 3 Publishing Rights Back to OtherSide

Another strange turn in the whole System Shock 3 saga.

Starbreeze acquired the publishing rights for “System Shock 3” in 2017 and has since then partly financed the development of the game. The title owner OtherSide Entertainment and Starbreeze have now reached an agreement whereby Starbreeze returns the publishing rights for the game to OtherSide and will be able to recoup the development costs.

OWC Drive Dock USB-C Review

Looking for a high-quality dual drive docking station? Our friends at TweakTown say that the OWC Drive Dock USB-C could be just what you are looking for.

We have had our fair share of dual drive docking stations in the past. Typically, these are modest solutions low-cost solutions, plastic chassis, and entry-level hardware. OWC on the other hands has went the opposite offering their solution with aluminum trim over a plastic top, dual power switches, and activity LEDs.

ASRock Phantom Gaming X Radeon RX 590 8G OC Review

The crew at OCInside has published a review of ASRock's Phantom Gaming X Radeon RX 590 8G OC video card. Head on over and give the review the once over.

With the RX 590, AMD has again refreshed the existing graphics chip. However, the RX 590 promises to gain more than just a few percent over its predecessor RX 580 through improved production technology in the 12nm process. ASRock has also donated its own cooling and backplate to the RX 590 chip and overclocked the Phantom Gaming X Radeon RX 590 8G from factory. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

RAGE 2: 9 Minutes of New Pre-Beta Gameplay

Bethesda has dropped a nine minute pre-beta gameplay video onto the internet today.

NZXT Announces New HUE 2 LED Strips

NZXT, a leading developer of software-powered hardware solutions for PC gaming, today announces two new sizes of RGB LED strips for the HUE 2 RGB lighting kit, powered by CAM. Available now in 200mm and 250mm, the new sizes expand the HUE 2 ecosystem to over 10 different RGB products, giving PC builders even more ways to mix-and-match their RGB accessories for a better fit, no matter the case size!

Arma 3 Free This Weekend

Blue's News, your source for all things gaming related, informed us that Arma 3 will be free this weekend. w00t!

This Thursday February 14 until Monday February 18 (starting and ending at 19:00 CET/18:00 GMT/10:00 PST), players from all over the world will be able to get some action with the Arma 3 Free Weekend on Steam. Additionally, Arma 3 and all Arma 3 DLC packs (including the Arma Apex expansion) will be on sale with discounts ranging from 20-66% for the duration of the Free Weekend.

Battlefield V Patch Notes

In addition to adding DLSS and ray tracing optimizations, this patch adds four-player co-op to Battlefield V.

The update adds four-player co-op to Battlefield V with Combined Arms. This experience lets you bring friends to challenge AI enemies and improve your skills before jumping into multiplayer. You can play solo or in a squad with up to three friends and tackle eight PvE missions set behind enemy lines, with four different objectives across four maps.

Amazon to Acquire eero

Amazon and eero today announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Amazon will acquire eero. eero’s home mesh WiFi systems set up in minutes and blanket every room of a customer’s home in high-performing, reliable WiFi. eero is already delighting Amazon customers with its products and services, as indicated by eero’s 4.6-star product rating on Amazon.com.

BALLISTIX SPORT LT DDR4-3200 Review

Real Hardware Reviews have a couple stick of BALLISTIX SPORT LT DDR4-3200 on the test bench today.

Ballistix may not have made ‘the perfect’ set of RAM that will be optimal for all builds and budgets… but what they have done with their refresh is very, very impressive.

ASRock Z390 Taichi Ultimate Review

The crew at TweakTown put the ASRock Z390 Taichi Ultimate through the wringer today and came away thoroughly impressed.

Today we look at the Z390 Taichi Ultimate, which fills in an interesting gap between the Phantom 9 and the Taichi. ASRock's Taichi series of motherboards has been hugely successful, offering up a lot of features, a solid VRM, and good aesthetics at a very reasonable price.

ASRock Z390 Taichi

Make sure you guys check out this review of the ASRock Z390 Taichi posted at OCInside today. Here's a translated quote to get you started:

Today we test on OCinside.de the new ASRock Z390 Taichi motherboard for Intel LGA1151 v2 processors. The ASRock Z390 Taichi not only looks great, but also offers a lot of features and can be overclocked! In the test we show all the details about the equipment including a 360 degree view and test how high you can overclock an Intel Core i9-9900K CPU with this Intel Z390 motherboard from ASRock.

SuperMicro C9Z390-PGW Z390 Review

Those crazy crustaceans at Mad Shrimps had a lot of good things to say about the SuperMicro C9Z390-PGW Z390 motherboard they just reviewed. Here's a quote from the full review:

SuperMicro have quite impressed us with their latest C9Z390-PGW board, that features server-quality hardware components for the VRMs, a Broadcom ExpressLane PLX PEX 8747 that is able to take x16 lanes from the CPU and outputs no less than x32 PCI-E 3.0 lanes, that helps when using dual-VGA configurations, no less than two LAN interfaces, one being 10Gbit and a good Realtek ALC1220 implementation. Wi-Fi is also available via the pre-installed Intel AC 9560 module, that also comes with Bluetooth 5.0 compatibility.

How TITAN RTX Brings High-Quality Images to Gameplay Design

Creating a video game with realistic graphics and smooth gameplay can be an extraordinary challenge. But with the NVIDIA TITAN RTX, one designer is taking cinematic visuals and player experiences to the next level. Käy Vriend is the co-owner of Icebreaker Interactive, an indie game studio based in Denmark. He’s working on Escalation 1985, an online first-person shooter game set during the Cold War. For Vriend, it’s important to have realistic details to enhance the player experience, and his own experience as a war veteran plays a big part in building out the game.

Startup Analyzes Emergency Calls to Identify Cardiac Arrest Victims

“911. What’s your emergency?” Denmark-based startup Corti knows that the stakes are high when dialing emergency services. So it built an AI tool to provide immediate feedback and guidance to emergency call responders, helping them ask the right questions and quickly identify highly acute cases. Its speech-recognition software, Corti AI, can cut down the number of undetected out-of-hospital cardiac arrests by almost half, and help responders more quickly dispatch emergency services.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Hilariously Stupid Article of the Week

With a headline like "I Cut the 'Big Five' Tech Giants From My Life. It Was Hell" I should have known this was going to be stupid.

A couple of months ago, I set out to answer the question of whether it’s possible to avoid the tech giants. Over the course of five weeks, I blocked Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Apple one at a time, to find out how to live in the modern age without each one. To end my experiment, I’m going to see if I can survive blocking all five at once.

GIGABYTE Z390 Aorus Xtreme Review

Shopping for a new Intel Z390 motherboard? Make sure you take a moment to read this review of the GIGABYTE Z390 Aorus Xtreme at TweakTown today.

The GIGABYTE Z390 Aorus Xtreme Motherboard is packed with features while keeping a high standard of quality, earning it our Editors Choice award.

AMD Radeon VII Lacks UEFI Support

According to this post at Tom's Hardware, the 7nm gaming graphics card lacks UEFI support.

According to TechPowerUp's research, the Radeon VII's reference BIOS doesn't come with UEFI support or a GOP (Graphics Output Protocol) driver for the matter. The GOP driver is important as it's the component that's responsible for display duties during the pre-boot process.

The Division 2 Open Beta Confirmed

According to this Twitch stream, there will be an open beta for The Division 2.

Apex Legends Passes 25M Users in a Week

Twenty five million concurrent users in a week? Whoa, that's pretty damn impressive.

We’re also thrilled to announce that since last Monday, more than 25 million players have jumped into the game, and over the weekend we had well over 2 million concurrent players at our peak. Like I said earlier, what a week!

Step Up To NVIDIA Quadro RTX Powered Workstations

Working with photorealistic computer-aided design models in real time and 3D is a huge benefit for design teams. They can create, iterate and review designs faster, make better-informed decisions and save money in the process. Yet it’s a benefit that wasn’t widely available until now. This week at SOLIDWORKS World in Dallas, BOXX Technologies, Dell, HP Inc. and Lenovo unveiled lineups of NVIDIA Quadro RTX powered design workstations that bring industry-leading capabilities like real-time ray tracing, AI, VR and simulation to millions of designers and engineers. With Quadro RTX, nothing slows them down.

At NVIDIA, Popcorn Delivery Robot Bears Kernel of Innovation

At NVIDIA, the robots are being taught to weave their way through the workplace. It helps that, as Ankhit, an NVIDIA Linux systems administrator discovered, they come bearing popcorn. Moments after placing an order, via Slack, a stubby, wheeled robot known as Carter arrived at Ankhit’s cubicle bearing a brown paper bag stuffed with popcorn just the way he likes it: “salted, no butter,” Ankhit says with a grin before popping a handful into his mouth. While Carter’s been a hit since the stout robot — an internal project at NVIDIA —  began fetching fresh popcorn for its colleagues this year, the real scoop has nothing to do with snacks.

What Is Transfer Learning?

You probably have a career. But hit the books for a graduate degree or take online certificate courses by night, and you could start a new career building on your past experience. Transfer learning is the same idea. This deep learning technique enables developers to harness a neural network used for one task and apply it to another domain.

Take image recognition. Let’s say that you want to identify horses, but there aren’t any publicly available algorithms that do an adequate job. With transfer learning, you begin with an existing convolutional neural network commonly used for image recognition of other animals, and you tweak it to train with horses.

Researchers Are Using AI on Some of Healthcare’s Toughest Problems

Hospitals produce huge volumes of medical data that, when handled with concern for privacy and security, could be used to re-examine everything from hospital administration to patient care. But this means finding careful ways to assemble this data, so it’s no longer locked in organizational silos. A research team at the University of California, San Francisco, is demonstrating just how powerful the combination of deep learning and data can be — and the potential this research holds for improving the healthcare system.

Intel Bringing True View To Arsenal FC, Liverpool FC and Manchester City

In partnership with Arsenal FC, Liverpool FC and Manchester City, Intel will deliver immersive experiences via Intel® True View at Emirates Stadium, Anfield and the Etihad Stadium. Now their fans worldwide can enjoy the biggest moments of the match from every angle, whether they’re watching the Rights Holders’ live broadcast and highlights or reliving the action post-match from their favourite clubs’ official website, mobile app or social media.